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When poetry mirrors war

By Cesar Chelala I am returning home from a memorial to an old and dear friend, Marijke Velzeboer Salcedo. Marijke was a remarkable woman on many counts: a wonderful mother, wife and friend. She was a talented and energetic woman whose work on behalf of women for United Nations agencies contributed to the improvement in …

Daily News Egypt

67 arrested in attempt to illegally migrate to Italy

By  Kenneth Changpertitum Sixty seven migrants were arrested Tuesday when trying to set sail off the coastal of city of Metoubes in the governorate of Kafr Al-Sheikh while attempting to emigrate to Italy, said state-owned MENA. In the early morning hours, border guards along with state security forces detained 62 Egyptians, 4 Somalis and 1 …

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Crisis in Syria: Civil war, global threat

By Ban Ki-moon   The horrific war in Syria continues to worsen and bleed beyond its borders.  A cold calculation seems to be taking hold: that little can be done except to arm the parties and watch the conflict rage. The international community must not abandon the people of Syria and the region to never-ending …

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The first step to solving a problem

You don’t need to read the United Nations report saying 99.3% of Egyptian women have been sexually harassed (and worse) to know how serious of a problem the issue is in Egypt. Half of Egyptian society is under constant threat in the public space — studies, reported cases, and anecdotes all make this very clear. …

Basil El-Dabh

A world free of wartime rape is within our reach

By Zainab Hawa Bangura Conflict-related sexual violence is a war crime mired in myths and shrouded in secrecy and stigma.  Perhaps the greatest misperception is that it is an atrocity of a bygone era, and that in today’s age of high tech warfare, rape is no longer used as a weapon of mass destruction.  Nothing …

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Accountability in South Sudan – the African Union steps up

By Adama Dieng Images of Charles Taylor being arrested and indicted in 2006 for his crimes in Sierra Leone’s brutal civil war were splashed over the front pages of global news sites.  When he was convicted in 2012, the spectacle was widely broadcast around the world. Elsewhere, the wheels of justice at the International Criminal …

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